Crystal Sawyer-White shares her background, reasons for running for Antioch School Board



Having filed her papers to run for the Antioch School Board on August 12, Crystal Sawyer-White announced the reasons for her candidacy in a press release, on Sunday, August 28. The owner of a local tutoring company and former Parent Education Teacher for teen mothers in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, also offered the following about her background:

“Hello Antioch Residents,

I am running to become a School Board Member of Antioch Unified School District. I have lived in Antioch for over 12 years. I am married with two children. My daughter graduated from Deer Valley High School and she is also a recent graduate of Grambling State University. My son currently attends Diablo Vista Elementary. I am enthusiastic about the quality of education over the past few years within the Antioch Unified School District. Because of my background and experience, I feel I can contribute to our community’s continual success in providing our children with a world class education. I am fully aware of the myriad of challenges both our children and school district face. Since making Antioch my home, I have been actively involved not only as a parent but in education as well.

Here are some of my qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Education(with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies) 2012
  • Co-founder and owner of Bay Area Tutorial that focuses on student academic achievement and graduation. This includes tutoring foster youth in collaboration with Contra Costa County Office of Education Youth Development Services
  • School Site Council – Diablo Vista Elementary 2.5 years
  • Member-LCAP (Local Control Accountability Planning)
  • Parent Advocate for children with autism and special needs
  • Advocate for parents with intellectual disabilities
  • Former Parent Education Teacher for Teen Mothers at Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Currently, I am substituting to pursue completing my teaching credential.

My goals are straightforward. I plan to work collaboratively with our fellow Antioch school board members to improve our quality of education for students in addition to providing teachers and parents tools needed to help meet these milestones and goals. Here are some of the following goals and milestones I would like to help our school district achieve:

  • Increase attendance
  • Increase graduation rates
  • Increase college enrollment
  • Increase teacher retention
  • Increase parent involvement

With your vote I will help to put children first.”

Sawyer-White is one of seven candidates for school board, including one incumbent and two appointed incumbents. The election is Tuesday, November 8.

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